The turbo boost gauge is an effective measure of how much additional heat, airflow, and power is generated by the turbo boost that you jay have installed in your vehicle. Although most turbo boosts come with their own gauges, the gauges are usually quite inaccurate. To remedy the problem, you should add your own turbo boost gauge. Here’s how.
- Dashboard panel. First of all, you need to determine the part of the dashboard where the turbo boost gauge should be placed. Most cars and trucks have compartments or spaces in the dashboard that will allow you to place additional gauges. If there are none available, however, you can install the gauge using hooks and screws below the dashboard. The most important point is that the turbo boost gauge should not interfere with your hands during driving, but should be easy to access and easy to view.
- Installing the gauge. To install the gauge itself, you need to take the screw cap, which is usually located on the front of the mounting panel where the turbo boost gauge is placed. Take the screws off and then place the gauge on top of the panel so that the cap can be screwed over the gauge and keep it in place. Replace the bolts and the screws that you have removed and make sure that it is tightly in place. If there are additional nuts and bolts that are used to secure the cap, make sure that all these are tightened as well, so that the gauge will not move while the vehicle is in use.
- Securing the gauge. Next, you will need to place the boost gauge over the firewall of the vehicle. You can do this by using the firewall in your vehicle as the entry point. You will usually fi8nd a number of passages and harnesses that will allow you to secure the gauge into the engine compartment. Take rubber grommets and use it to cover the cables if possible, and then tie down the cable to the hoses and the pathways. This will secure the gauge and keep it from being damaged from the vibrations from the car, and will keep the cables insulated from too much heat.
- Boost system. Once the gauge is secured, the next step is to connect the boost system with the turbo charge to the vacuum hosing. The vacuum hosing is usually located in the intake folds of the engine. Take the tubing and create T cuts on the tubing. Or, you can simply drill on the tubes in exhaust manifold, to get the best ratings.
- Wiring. Once the gauge is connected to the boost system, you will only need to connect the wires from the boost gauge to the power source. You can use the radio lines to give the boost gauge a power source. If you have mechanically powered boost gauges, however, it will be enough to connect the boost gauge to a compressed air supply.
With these steps, you should be able to install a boost gauge that will accurately measure the turbo boost you have installed in your vehicle.